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  1. Thread: Mud Wasp.

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    There's been no activity at the nest for a few...

    There's been no activity at the nest for a few days, on closer inspection found the remains of the wasp in the bottom of the window frame. Looks like a resident spider complained to the local...
  2. Thread: Mud Wasp.

    by Boringgeoff
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    Mud Wasp.

    A mud wasp has started building a nest, of all places, on a shed window. 503533 503534
    This gives me the opportunity to perve in through the back door to watch what happens inside the nest.
    503535...
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    Mal, you've got some beauties there, I noticed a...

    Mal, you've got some beauties there, I noticed a pair of A H Reid's up the back and a nice Decatur Coffin Co in the middle of the front row.
    When we built our house in Karratha in 1978, the cabinet...
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    If it was me, I could see me tearing my arm open...

    If it was me, I could see me tearing my arm open reaching for a fretsaw.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Ian, I'll be thinking about these bits for the...

    Ian, I'll be thinking about these bits for the rest of the day, and it's my own fault.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Tonyz, you realise that your activity was all...

    Tonyz, you realise that your activity was all captured on their cctv?

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    And of course, Ian, I'm looking forward to your...

    And of course, Ian, I'm looking forward to your brace & bits build.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Hi Martin, A good outcome. Cheers, Geoff.

    Hi Martin,
    A good outcome.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    My brother lived in Christchurch, we were...

    My brother lived in Christchurch, we were visiting, his dog started growling, he said "another quake coming" then we felt the tremor. DEWS (Dog Early Warning System)
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    if the concrete is new is there any need to etch...

    if the concrete is new is there any need to etch it?

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Martin, you said it is the sweep handle that...

    Martin, you said it is the sweep handle that doesn't turn, this brace of yours should definitely turn, here's what I'd do if it were mine. Get a couple of pieces of leather or similar padding and...
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    Hi Martin, Any chance of a photo of your brace?...

    Hi Martin,
    Any chance of a photo of your brace?
    The No 310 is consistant with the brace having been made for Atkins by John S. Fray Co.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    HEADS UP Don't forget, it's this coming Sunday. see you...

    Don't forget, it's this coming Sunday. see you there.
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    No Tonyz, the authors name was Ilene Dover.

    No Tonyz, the authors name was Ilene Dover.
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    Good morning all, thanks very much for all your...

    Good morning all, thanks very much for all your contributions on this subject, I can only dream of this much discussion about braces.
    I have drawn Gerry's attention to this conversation and he has...
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    Elan, Gerry got the same response from Patrick....

    Elan,
    Gerry got the same response from Patrick. Patrick's probably getting sick of being asked about it, but that's the price you pay for being an expert.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I alerted Gerry to this discussion but haven't...

    I alerted Gerry to this discussion but haven't heard back from him yet.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Thanks guys, your comments are quite encouraging....

    Thanks guys, your comments are quite encouraging. I'll draw Gerry's attention to this thread.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Giant Stanley plane.

    Hi, hand plane aficionados.

    A fellow member of the Hand Tool Preservation Society of WA, Gerry, does extensive research on Stanley planes and recently posted this article on our website. He has...
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    HEADS UP HTPSWA Annual Tool Sale.

    Due to the cancellation of the Perth Wood Show in August, the HTPSWA have rescheduled our annual TOOL SALE to the 17th of October at Stirling Square, Meadow St, Guildford. This will be run in...
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    I realise it's spring now but I took these during...

    I realise it's spring now but I took these during winter a couple of days ago. Yellow flowering shrub is a Sandpaper wattle (acacia denticulosa) the blue flowering climber is a Hardenbergia.
    ...
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    Hi Ja Potts is correct they're scotch bits,...

    Hi Ja
    Potts is correct they're scotch bits, probably the most frequently found type here in Aus' but not the best for fine work, the lack of spurs meaning they can tear out badly as they are...
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    Some good ones there, Bob.

    Some good ones there, Bob.
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    Isn't it amazing how far those tiny balls can...

    Isn't it amazing how far those tiny balls can roll once they hit the floor. One solution I tried for finding a dropped ball was to drop another from the same position and see where it goes and the...
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    I have previously bought loose balls from a farm...

    I have previously bought loose balls from a farm machinery outlet in my local town.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I pulled these two spare-parts braces down for a...

    I pulled these two spare-parts braces down for a show and tell of two types of hubs that don't use bearings. The first three pics are from an early John Fray brace.
    499096 ...
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    Chambezio, Any chance of a photo of what...

    Chambezio,

    Any chance of a photo of what you've got to work with? The English Stanley's had a thrust bearing The usual way was to have a cup that carried 1/8" or 3/32" loose ball bearings with a...
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    Chambezio, A lot of the early (in fact most)...

    Chambezio,

    A lot of the early (in fact most) braces had no bearing and they still work perfectly well. You could extend the hub below the head far enough to allow an oiling hole.
    Would you like...
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    There may be an advantage that a curved cutting...

    There may be an advantage that a curved cutting edge, when boring on an angle (chair legs etc) will enter the wood with less tear-out than a flat faced bit. In his 1851 patent...
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    Hi Ian, They work the same as usual bits as far...

    Hi Ian,
    They work the same as usual bits as far as ejecting the chips, and of course all inventors will claim their tool is superior to others. In a way they are similar to the Cook or Gedges bit...
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    Martin, So far, I haven't seen a bit like that,...

    Martin,
    So far, I haven't seen a bit like that, all mine are Whitehouse style.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    I've had a look through my handful of Whitehouse...

    I've had a look through my handful of Whitehouse bits, none of them are anywhere near 14in long. Those by Whitehouse are varied branding reflecting the many years of their production, C. Whitehouse &...
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    Hi Martin, This catalogue reprint from 1952...

    Hi Martin,
    This catalogue reprint from 1952 shows quite a variety of bits that they made, one is referred to "Unbreakable" Sash Bit 18in.
    A McPhersons Australian catalogue from the 1930's shows...
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    Martin, Have a look at this article, it doesn't...

    Martin,
    Have a look at this article, it doesn't mention him manufacturing auger bits. If it's the same Cornelius Whitehouse I guess the enormity of his tube forming breakthrough would probably push...
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    Hi Martin, Cornelius Whitehouse described...

    Hi Martin,
    Cornelius Whitehouse described himself as "edge-tool and auger-maker" of Bridgetown, Near Cannock in the county of Stafford England, patented these bits in the USA in 1869 (US Pat's 88760...
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    I think we're in for one this afternoon, Bob.

    I think we're in for one this afternoon, Bob.
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    Hey Vann, you're pretty optimistic if you think...

    Hey Vann, you're pretty optimistic if you think Aust' Post is capable of delivering the box with that address.

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Bob, I had intermittent leaking of my shed...

    Bob,
    I had intermittent leaking of my shed roof. I couldn't work out why after some rain, no leaks and other rain it would leak. Eventually found the problem, the shed builders hadn't laid the...
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    That reminds me of a friend, many years ago, who...

    That reminds me of a friend, many years ago, who was doing an induction to work his truck on a mining company railway access road. The scenario was that you'd stalled your truck on a crossing and...
  40. Hi Gregg, I found this patent that might help...

    Hi Gregg,
    I found this patent that might help you.

    https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/11/29/2f/a11b60ff859153/US2010882.pdf

    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    Had my second A-Z yesterday, no side effects so...

    Had my second A-Z yesterday, no side effects so far. Appointment was made at the time of my first shot and phone reminder for second shot received on Monday.
    Cheers,
    Geoff.
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    The truck I used to own had automatic drain...

    The truck I used to own had automatic drain valves on it's air tanks. In the very humid conditions of the Pilbara they were useless so I replaced them with brass valves. At the end of the day I'd...
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    Rod, I doubt there is anyone more disappointed...

    Rod, I doubt there is anyone more disappointed than the lady who organizes this event.
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    Hi, A few days ago I acquired this traditional...

    Hi,
    A few days ago I acquired this traditional English brace, branded R Lloyd & Co. My research has come up with Richard Lloyd & Co of 135 Steel-House Lane Birmingham. The excerpt from Graces guide,...
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    Lance, I'm wondering, if not oilers, the...

    Lance,
    I'm wondering, if not oilers, the original lubricators were grease cups? These can be given a part turn from time to time through the day to keep the bearings lubricated. Apart from having to...
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    Hi M/A, I think most of my knowledge of bit...

    Hi M/A, I think most of my knowledge of bit sharpening has been gained on this forum over the years. But you can Google "Sharpening auger bits" and pick up some grains of knowledge amongst the chaff....
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    Jim, I had another look at mine, but no CK...

    Jim,
    I had another look at mine, but no CK visible.
    There are varying opinions on the meaning and era of the DRGM initials when you Google it. One I looked at said it was dropped in 1945, another...
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    Good one Jim, I'll put a label with that info'...

    Good one Jim,
    I'll put a label with that info' on mine. There were a lot of square shank screw driver bits made for use in a brace.
    Does yours have the DRGM marks on the face of the chuck? (edit,...
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    Martin, I thought the book was a catalogue but...

    Martin,
    I thought the book was a catalogue but now I realise my mistake. Interesting to note that Murlands has the No 192 in a similar price range to the 182 which surprises me a bit, considering...
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    Rod, The latest info we've got at the HTPSWA is...

    Rod,
    The latest info we've got at the HTPSWA is that it is definitely NOT on this year. I double checked with one of our organisers yesterday, to the best of his knowledge that's still the case.
    ...
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